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2013-2014 NHL Fantasy Hockey Rankings

Do you believe this “youngster” now has two Cup titles? Believe it.

With only hours until the first puck drops on opening night of the 2013-2014 NHL season, I am proud to present my initial fantasy hockey rankings. This is the first season that our friends over at FantasyPros.com have hosted NHL rankings so please make sure to give these a read. Much like our fantasy baseball rankings, these fantasy hockey rankings will be updated weekly. The goal there will be to provide “rest of the season” rankings so that you can analyze trade offers and otherwise determine who to play on any given night (typically Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends) when you have an abundance of players available.
 
If you are ever curious as to how I go who to start on any given night, please reach out to me on Twitter @TheTonyM.  For now, enjoy and good luck this fantasy hockey season!
 


Fantasy Hockey Rankings powered by FantasyPros

 
A 24-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and am also contributor to RotoGrinders.com, FantasyPros.com, TheFakeHockey.com and FantasyFeud.com. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

NHL FanDuel Lineup for March 9, 2013 (LATE Lock)

My torrid point scoring pace is for you!

It was not a particular pretty night once again, but each of the lineups that I played last night finished in the money even if two of them tied with about 12 of you for both 23rd and 24th place. I will chalk that up as a win as we did earn a profit. In a few other upper-dollar 50/50s, I finished higher in the standings with a solid 32.4 FanDuel points anchored by a shutout by Viktor Fasth. The shutout put the lineup into the money. It is certainly better to be lucky than good. Today’s EARLY lock lineup is still playing so I will not know if we cashed until the last game finishes
 
If you have been following my lineups, we have now cashed in every lineup since last Friday for a total of ten total wins in a row, so I hope to keep it up. This lineup at FanDuel locks at 7pm East / 4pm West. It will only include the six later games.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/9/2013 NHL Lineup (LATE Lock)
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Max Pacioretty ($8,500)
LW: Colin Wilson ($4,700)
RW: Brendan Gallagher ($5,100)
RW: Pascal Dupuis ($5,800)
C: Steven Stamkos ($9,100)
C: Nazem Kadri ($6,600)
D: Roman Josi ($4,100)
D: Jacob Muzzin ($4,000)
G: Jon Quick ($7,100)
 
Salary remaining: $00.
 
I am setting this lineup fairly early in the day and as of this writing, Jon Quick has yet to be confirmed. The good thing is that I have an extra $400 to spare and if Quick isn’t confirmed prior to the lineup lock, I have room to make the swap. This evening, I swapped out Sidney Crosby for Steven Stamkos. Yes, the Lightning will get scored on, but I like Stamkos to do some scoring of his own. I also like Kadri and his third line to score, but not get scored on in the Penguins game. UPDATE: Made a LW adn D change.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

NHL FanDuel Lineup for March 9, 2013 (EARLY Lock)

I will carry your lineup tonight. Don’t worry about it.

It was not a particular pretty night once again, but each of the lineups that I played last night finished in the money even if two of them tied with about 12 of you for both 23rd and 24th place. I will chalk that up as a win as we did earn a profit. In a few other upper-dollar 50/50s, I finished higher in the standings with a solid 32.4 FanDuel points anchored by a shutout by Viktor Fasth. The shutout put the lineup into the money. It is certainly better to be lucky than good.
 
If you have been following my lineups, we have now cashed in every lineup since last Friday for a total of ten total wins in a row, so I hope to keep it up. This lineup at FanDuel locks at 12pm East / 9am West. This lineup is for all games today, but it just locks early.
 
What is Daily Gaming?
 
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
 
Once you have registered for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
 
My 3/9/2013 NHL Lineup (EARLY Lock)
 
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
 
On with the lineup:
 
LW: Max Pacioretty ($8,500)
LW: Dustin Penner ($4,500)
RW: Brendan Gallagher ($5,100)
RW: James Neal ($8,500)
C: Sidney Crosby ($9,900)
C: Nicklas Backstrom ($6,500)
D: Dougie Hamilton ($4,500)
D: Roman Josi ($4,100)
G: Jake Allen ($3,300)
 
Salary remaining: $100.
 
Anchoring my lineup is the St. Louis Blues’ netminder. The Fredricton, New Brunswick native, who called up from AHL Peoria prior to the March 8 game against the Phoenix Coyotes. In winning the game to take his record to 4-1 on the season, Allen will start today’s game of the back-to-back weekend games for the Blues. At $3,300, I have plenty of extra cash to spend on my skaters. I’m going to continue to roll out two forwards on the Montreal first line as the Gallagher to Pacioretty combo has been deadly. Two nights ago I stated that I would continue to roll out Jakub Voracek until I thought that his price would exceed his value. I think that at $7,700 this morning agains the Bruins is too much. The Bruins do not give up many goals and I think their stout D shuts down the Flyers. I have studied the matchups for the better part of the evening and morning and I am having a tough time getting a read on who will win. I can tell you that I wanted to start Sid Crosby and James Neal against a pourous defense. UPDATE: I am actually going to hedge my bets with this early lineup and swap out Backstrom and Neal for Dupuis and Stamkos in another lineup. So, I’ll be playing two different early lineups. It’s your choice as to which one you roll. UPDATE.
 
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
 
Access to FanDuel
 
With our new partnership with FanDuel, you get to reap some of the rewards as a loyal reader of FantasyTrade411.com. If you click-through here and sign up for a new account with FanDuel, you will receive free money on your deposit when you put in the promo code “FT411″.  Thus, when you enter the promo code, you will receive an extra $5 for a $10 deposit; a $10 bonus for a $25 deposit; a $20 bonus for a $100 deposit; and a $30 bonus for a $200 deposit.
 
No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
 
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.

2013 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide

If you don't download our fantasy hockey draft guide, you're bound to be cursed by Jaromir Jagr's mullet

If you don’t download our fantasy hockey draft guide, you’re bound to be cursed by Jaromir Jagr’s mullet

After way too many months of hearing about Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, I was starting to think we’d never see the end of the NHL lockout. But thankfully, the suits in New York were able to put their differences aside and came to an agreeement that has Zambonis around North America revving up their engines.

 

Thankfully, our Senior Hockey Writer (Michael Clifford aka SlimCliffy) had the foresight to know there would be an end to the madness and has been working diligently on our 2013 Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide. In between hockey practice up in New Brunswick (yup, Mike is also our Head Canadian at FantasyTrade411), Mike has compiled 39 pages of unadulterated hockey excellence to help you all prepare for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, and I’m absolutely psyched to be able to share it with you all. We’ve published the entire guide into one handy pdf file that we’re going to send via email, but if you’re curious what’s in it, here’s a quick look at the table of contents, eh?:

 

  • Welcome to the Guide and Explanation of Fantasy Hockey
  • Layout of My Rankings
  • What to Expect in This Fantasy Guide
  • Draft Day Tips and Strategies
  • My 10 Commandments of the 2013 NHL Fantasy Season
  • Players That Should Improve on Last Year
  • Players Who Should Regress from Last Year
  • A List of Rookies to Watch For
  • A List of Sophomores to Watch for
  • Players You Will Find on a Lot of My Teams
  • Players You Will Not Find on Most of My Teams
  • Shallow-League Sleepers and Busts
  • Deep-League Sleepers and Busts
  • My Rankings: Preface
  • Rankings: Forwards
  • Forward Primer
  • Rankings: Defence
  • Defence Primer
  • Rankings: Goalies
  • Goalie Primer

 

As a thank you for  your continued readership to FantasyTrade411, we’re going to be providing this season’s Fantasy Hockey Draft Guide free of charge. That said, I can personally attest to the fact that Mike and his Sports Counseling co-host Tony M have put a TON of work into this draft guide, so I’m going to provide a donation button below if you feel like sending Mike a small token of your appreciation. If you want to send a few bucks to Mike for his work, we’d greatly appreciate it. If you want the guide for free, that’s cool too…it’s all yours.

 








 
So now, all you need to do is email me (FantasyTrade411@gmaill.com) or Cliffy (michael.clifford36@yahoo.com) and let us know you want a copy of the draft guide and we’ll be happy to send it your way.

 

Thank you all again for being such a great audience and good luck in your Fantasy Hockey drafts this week!